The Bank Job

Theatrical Release: March 7, 2008
The Bank Job


“The Bank Job” was inspired by a real-life 1971 London bank robbery that was never solved. A band of thieves tunneled their way into a safe deposit vault, taking millions of dollars in cash and jewelry. The robbery made headlines for several days, but then all reporting stopped as a result of a government gag order. In “Bank Job,” the crime involves murder, corruption and a sex scandal with links to the royal family. Ultimately, the thieves are among the most innocent involved.

Dove Review

The interesting part about this crime thriller is that it is based on a true story where the robbers are never caught and get away with an estimated four million dollars. The real intrigue though surrounds several photographs of high ranking English officials caught in less than honorable activities. “The Bank Job” also takes us into the seedy business of prostitution and what one criminal will do to save his skin.

I have enjoyed Jason Statham’s performance in several films like “The Transporter” and “Transporter 2”. He also does a fine job in this film although he is much more subdued than in his usual fare. I found some of the dialog hard to follow because of the English accents, but the interesting plot line and writing makes up for a bit of missed dialog.

Since “The Bank Job” depicts some degenerate behaviors among many of its characters, it is no wonder that Dove cannot award it The Dove Seal. There is way too much sex, nudity, foul language and violence which should steer families away.

Content Description

Sex: Several scenes of sexual relations between unmarried couples and prostitutes. Man commits adultery. Sexual bondage scene. Kissing.
Language: F-9; S-14; A-3; B-2; H-2; JC-4; Slang term for female genitalia-2.
Violence: Man's face beaten; man is tortured and then shot in the head; another man beaten up and kicked several times; woman killed; man strangled; man stabbed to death; men smash cars with crowbar.
Drugs: Drinking in several bar scenes.
Nudity: Topless dancers shown. Several scenes of bare breasted women.
Other: Stealing.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Steve Chasman
Genre: Action
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dave Lukens